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EVENT 10/5 – Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

Join the BATJC for an event with Nicole Pittman!

EVENT:  Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

WHEN: October 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Fuller Hall, Downs Memorial United Methodist Church, 6026 Idaho St., Oakland 94608 

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP HERE

Nicole will share about her work on youth registration and child-on-child sexual harm. If you haven’t heard of Nicole’s work, you can check-out a recent article from The New Yorker as well as Raised on the Registry.

Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

It’s tempting, especially in sexual harm situations involving children, to cast a perpetrator and a victim; but this false binary fails to capture a complete story and contributes to punitive state responses that instead of disrupting cycles of trauma only cause more damage. Forty states include children — some as young as 8 years old — on sex-offense registries, labeling them for decades or life. In this discussion, we will explore the destructive impact of placing children on sex-offense registries as well as how to evolve beyond flawed conceptions of child-on-child sexual harm and toward transformative responses that can prevent further suffering.

This event aims to:

– Understand the current legal responses to child-on-child sexual harm in California and nationwide, and the impact of registration on children, survivors and families

– Discuss flawed narratives about registries and youth who cause sexual harm along with strategies for disrupting those narratives

– Brainstorm alternative responses to support survivors, those who have harmed, and their families

Nicole Pittman: Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice  (@NicoleNPittman)

Nicole Pittman founded the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, an organization dedicated to eliminating the widespread practice of placing kids on sex-offense registries. A Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund fellow (and 2011 Senior Soros Justice Advocacy fellow), Pittman, began documenting the harms of labeling young people more than a decade ago as a juvenile public defender. She later collected more than 500 stories for a Human Rights Watch report titled Raised on the Registry. Ending youth registration is part of a larger desire to change the narrative around child sexual behavior, which will ultimately allow the country to move beyond punitive responses and toward lasting child sexual abuse prevention and healing.

PARKING: The church has a large parking lot and lots of street parking as well.

BART AND BUS:  The nearest bart station is Ashby BART, one mile away (here is a map). The closest bus stations are #12 and the F, and the 72M/72R/77 and 88 bus lines are about a 10 minute walk.

ACCESSIBILITY: The space is wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms) and there are several disabled spaces in the parking lot, where the accessible entrance is. Please refrain from wearing perfume/scents to support folks with chemical sensitivitiesIf you have other access needs, please note them in the RSVP form.

CHILDCARE: Due to the content of this event (i.e. child sexual abuse, sex offender registry and child-on-child sexual harm), there will be no childcare.

SELF/GROUP CARE: We encourage all attendees to take care of themselves before, during and after this event. Caring for ourselves and others is important in this work and we want to make sure everyone takes some time to think about what they might need. We will be talking about violence/abuse and it may bring up unexpected things for you. Below are some suggestions that may be useful, especially if you think some of the content may be triggering for you:

– Attend the event with a friend and/or support person. Or have at least one person who knows you will be attending this event that you can reach out to if you need support. 

– Think about what might be best for you before, during and after this event. Some examples might be: Planning to do things that bring you resilience, joy, reflection or nourishment.  Planning down time or to be around people who support you in taking care of yourself. Bringing a meaningful object with you that will help ground/comfort you during the event  (something you can wear, hold in your hand and/or look at are often helpful).

Hope to see you there! Please share and help us spread the word!